October 12, 2011, a co-worker noticed that a new laborer that had only been on the job for two days was taking a break and did not look well. His symptoms progressed, and after a significant delay, he received medical treatment. He died shortly thereafter from what was determined as heat exhaustion. No other workers were trained in CPR or First Aid.
Have the mindset of being my “brother's keeper” would have helped them identify the warning signs sooner. Additionally, having the proper training to help notice the signs of dehydration and heat stress would have also served beneficial.
What Can We Learn?
Peer Check was able to identify the team member looking sick during his break. However, not contacting the emergency personnel services immediately, inadequate training, and the physical environment created the deadly outcome.
Physical Environment: The work area was very hot and the employee pushed himself beyond the limits.
Peer Pressure: The employee didn't want to let his coworkers down so he allowed his symptoms to progress without taking the necessary precautions.
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